A man who was caught driving without insurance or a driving licence told Dundalk district court last week that he got behind the wheel of his girlfriend’s car, after she spotted a man lying on the side of the road.
Conor Faulkner (20) with an address at St. Oliver’s Park, Kilsaran pleaded guilty to both offences at the Dublin Road, Haggardstown on the 10th of September last.
The defendant told the court last Wednesday that he had originally been a passenger in his then girlfriend’s car.
He said they were on the Southern Link Road travelling towards the motorway, when his girlfriend and her friend spotted a man lying on the road.
He said they couldn’t do a U-turn because of the barriers separating both carriageways but they travelled around a roundabout and he got behind the wheel at that stage as he wanted to go back and check on the man.
He said it was then that he was pulled in by gardai.
The investigating garda confirmed that the defendant had given that explanation when he was stopped, but he said no-one was found lying in the area.
Judge William Hamill imposed a €e400 fine but did not disqualify the accused from driving.